Black Mountain Scholars


The Black Mountain Scholars (BMS) Program is a scholarship academic opportunity featuring experimental courses in the liberal arts. Patterned after the exemplary and novel approach to undergraduate education of Black Mountain College (1933-1957), the program has three primary components:

  1. Experimental courses within the Liberal and Creative Arts Division.
  2. Opportunities for extensive student-faculty collaboration.
  3. A ten day seminar course for new scholars in Black Mountain, NC.

A primary feature of the BMS program is integrating art, ideas, and discourse with an emphasis on process. Scholarship amounts range from $1,000-$10,000 per academic year.



Each year the Division of Liberal and Creative Arts plans new courses in experimental learning. These courses are often interdisciplinary and team-taught by small groups of faculty. Courses may also push boundaries within a discipline. Courses provide new insight into our disciplines, help students draw connections between disciplines, and emphasize creative experimentation where appropriate. Black Mountain Scholars are required to complete at least one BMS course each academic year.

  • Experimental Learning
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Team-taught
  • Small Groups
  • Creative Interconnectedness


  • Freshmen should have high school transcript demonstrating the equivalent of a B GPA or provide a statement explaining their academic performance.
  • Freshmen are encouraged to submit evidence of their creativity and capacity for intellectual experimentation. The form and substance of a submission is open. Submissions should be directed to the Division Chair, Dr. David Herr.
  • Scholars must take at least one BMS designated course each academic year.
  • Freshmen and sophomores can belong to the program for one academic year. Continuing in the program requires approval and declaring a major in the Division of Liberal and Creative Arts. Declared majors may continue in the program assuming other requirements are fulfilled.
  • Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program.
  • Scholars should not have any significant disciplinary actions placed against their behavior.
  • Scholars must attend all BMS meetings and events.


Division faculty are looking for creative students willing to try different approaches to learning. Being open-minded, self-confident, and responsible are all good attributes to have as a Black Mountain Scholar, but the program is also for students who don’t fit traditional molds and who like to color outside the lines. Good grades in high school are helpful, but we consider the whole student. Download and printable brochure here.

Contact Information:

Dr. David Herr
Office: Vardell
Phone: 910-277-5232